About Us


At Ashley College we provide quality education and support for students of school age who cannot attend mainstream schools for medical reasons - physical or mental, long or short term. Some of our students have learning difficulties. For information about who is eligible and how to apply please see our Admission and Referrals Policy here.

Our aim is to ensure that all our students whatever their health need are well supported in school so that they can play a full and active role in school life, stay healthy and active and achieve their academic potential.

Every student deserves the best possible start in life and our job is to remove barriers to learning. Our students’ needs are very varied and we provide personalised education to give the right level of support to help them return to their mainstream school.

From five to 16 years, our students may be well advanced on the national curriculum and heading for success in national examinations. Others may have missed schooling for medical reasons, be underachieving, or have special educational needs or disabilities. You can find out all about how we support students with special educational needs or disabilities on our SEND Local Offer page.

So our approach is highly personalised learning – individual timetables, individual learning plans, learning materials and teaching strategies tailored to particular personal needs.

We offer a broad and balanced curriculum and work to the national curriculum and examinations. We teach students in small groups, one to one in school or at home or offsite if they cannot come to us.   We develop life skills and support emotional and social development through courses and activities such as horticulture, cooking, yoga, guitar and one-to-one drama. We prepare students for their move to mainstream school, employment or training and later life with work experience placements and visits.

For more information visit our Curriculum pages:

Leaders have put in place clear and secure systems to ensure that pupils are helped to keep safe.
OFSTED (Dec.2017)